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Strength and Conditioning - Level 4 VTCT Award

Higher Education

Course Overview

The level 4 Award in strength and conditioning is an exciting new qualification aimed at learners who want to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach. This course is based on the national occupational standards for strength and conditioning and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a strength and conditioning coach.

The course is spread over four sessions which implement the knowledge components, students then go away, practise their practical skills and develop a 12 month periodised programme before returning for a two day assessment.

Throughout this course learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant theories, concepts and techniques used in their different strength and conditioning programmes. Learners will also develop the ability to apply practical knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, design, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning programme. This includes demonstration and instruction of Olympic lifting.

In parallel, learners will develop their communication and research skills, which are valued highly by employers.

Course Content

The qualification is divided into two primary modules:

  • Principles and theories of strength and conditioning
  • Programming and delivering strength and conditioning

Within these modules you will cover:

biomechanics of movement, physiology for athletic performance, appropriate athletic pre-programme screening, periodization models and concepts, the role of nutrition and hydration in sports performance, health and skill testing, practical demonstration and instruction of the key technical exercises, practical demonstration and instruction of the clean and jerk and the snatch and planning of a 12 month periodised athletic programme.

This qualification can act as preparation to become UKSCA accredited for the following UKSCA assessments:

  1. The multiple choice exam
  2. Case study presentation
  3. Weight lifting practical assessment.

Entry Requirement

The entry requirements for this qualification are a level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Personal Training.


This qualification will be assessed by:

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • External examination
  • Summative case study
  • Summative practical assessment

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a strength and conditioning coach and become a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), which is independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Learners may also gain entry to the register of exercise professionals (REPs) at Level 4.

How to Enrol

You can enrol directly onto this course if you have the entry requirements noted above.

If you would like to enrol but do not have the entry requirements please email information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.


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Course Outline

Course Code: JPBC014
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 28/09/2018
Duration: 26 Weeks
Tuition Fees: £550.00
Registration Fees: £80.00
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